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on afghanistan and pakistan. joining us tonight, ahmad kamal, pakistan's former ambassador to the united nations, and hassan abbas, another former pakistani government official who is now with the asia society and is a professional of international affairs at columbia university. and thanks to both of you gentlemen for joining us. before we do get to the big picture, i want to focus on the news that we have just seen, and that is all about the feasibility of some sort of negotiated settlement with the taliban. what are the chances that can happen? >> it's welcome and overdue. evolution of american foreign policy that has taken place. so far american foreign policy was an extension of the bush doctrine, which was to find a military solution in iraq and afghanistan and pakistan based on the concept of cut off the head of the snake and everything will fall into place. this doctrine which was evolved originally by israel did not succeed in palestine. did not succeed in iraq. and cannot succeed in afghanistan and pakistan. because the militants draw their strength in their objective, which is panic a
of two events looking at president obama's strategy in afghanistan. speakers at this morning's discussion including former c.i.a. agents bruce riden and frank anderson. the middle east policy council hosting the event, just getting underway on c-span2. >> we present four of them a year, discussing important topics and bringing good panelists, and we always have the transcript of our capitol hill conference to serve as the first article in our quarterly journal. but even before that, you'll be able to read the transcript of this next week and hear the audio and see the video on our web site, which is >> mr. skwrao: our third program is a public outreach program, which includes public commentary for the media. but the most important top sick our teacher program, in which barbara travels around the country and helps high school teachers, middle school teachers, elementary school teachers, learn how to teach about the middle east and islam better and she reaches about 1500 high school -- or pardon me, 1500 teachers per year, and about 150,000 students a year. with that program.
secretary of general of the u.n. to afghanistan and a former assistant secretary-general of the u.n. and also he's the former ambassador to croatia so that's a lot of titles there. chuck pena who's a senior fellow at the independent institute and myself -- i'm ivan eland. the institute's director. i'll speak first because i'm standing up here and i'll moderate the question and answer so you'll be seeing me a lot of me, i guess. maybe too much. and after the program is finished, everybody is welcomed to stay for the informal lunch which we'll have just right in this room. now, of course, what prompted this forum was that the president recently gave a john kerry-like speech last tuesday that essentially said, we will escalate the war before we deescalate it. the president who is against the surge in iraq is now imitating that same surge in afghanistan. the plan seems to be surge, stabilize the cities and win time to train the afghan security forces. that is the hidden message that there is -- we're going to contain but not defeat the taliban. now, the president's afghan plan has som
in afghanistan. then richard holbrooke. later, we will hear from president obama and homeland security secretary janet napolitano about the report on at the christmas day attempted bombing of northwest flight 253. here is some of what we are covering on c-span tomorrow. at 10:00 a.m. eastern time, the u.s. institute of peace and looks at afghanistan's election process and the parliamentary elections planned for may. at 12:15, the alliance for health reform a examines the health insurance exchanges included in both the house and senate health care bills. you can watch both events live here on c-span and data [unintelligible] c- -- at >> there is just two weeks to enter this do you contest. just create a 5 to 8 minute video on one of our countries biggest strengths or challenges the country is facing. enter before midnight january 20. winning entries will be shown on c-span. >> now a discussion on president obama's strategy in afghanistan. the middle east policy council opposes this 2.5 our event. >> a good morning. thank you for coming. i am happy to welcome you to the 59th -- you are
.m. eastern on c-span. preston obama's sending agriculture secretary tom vilsack to afghanistan to promote stability there through agriculture reforms. he will be joined by special representative richard holbrooke. they spoke with reporters thursday for about 40 minutes. >> good afternoon and welcome to the department of state. i think we have an unusual if not an unprecedented line up for you this afternoon. we are thrilled to welcome the secretary of agriculture, tom vilsack to the department of state. we are also thrilled to have on hand are newly minted administrator of the u.s. agency for national development, and of course our intrepid special representative for afghanistan and pakistan. we have travel plans for these gentlemen in terms of heading to the region in the very near future, but we thought it was a good time to talk a little bit about where we are in the civilian component of the strategy that the president has announced last month, and in particular the centrality or the corp. aspect of helping to rebuild the agricultural sector of the afghan economy. so we will start thi
in afghanistan that killed eight cia employees. one of the agency's worst losses ever. how did the bomber get through security? >>> a roadside bomb claims the lives of four canadian soldiers and a journalist. once again, raising questions in canada about its role in the war there. >>> a disturbing look at how the young nigerian accused of trying to blow up a u.s. jetliner, changed from a life of privilege to a commitment to jihad. >>> new year's celebrations, we welcome in 2010 and say good-bye to 2009. a year you could say was hard to bear. >>> from the different perspectives of reporters and analysts from around the globe, this is "worldfocus." major support has been provided by rosalind p. walter and the erson foundation, dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility and addressing key economic challenges facing america's future. and additional funding is provided by the following supporters -- >>> good evening, i'm martin savidge, thank you for joining us. it was an attack so damaging that one former intelligence official described it as the cia's pearl harbor. we're talking about the suic
>>> tonight on "worldfocus" -- world leaders plot a road map out of afghanistan and pledge tens of millions of dollars to buy the loyalties of the taliban. >>> plus, we will take you to one corner of afghanistan, where the locals created their own militia and drove the taliban out. >>> in our signature segment, a remarkable woman in india, providing hope and inspiration to those in the lowest class. >>> and what newly discovered ruins in mexico may tell us about the demise of the civilization. >>> from the different perspectives of reporters and analysts around the world, this is "worldfocus." major support has been provided by rosalind p. walter and the peter g. peterson foundation, dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility and addressing key economic challenges facing america's future. and additional funding is provided by the following supporters -- >>> good evening, welcome to "worldfocus." i'm daljit dhaliwal in new york. we start off tonight with the war in afghanistan, and a conference in london that brought together high level officials, including foreign ministers fr
'd been in many briefings on what was happening in afghanistan and iraq and the follow un from 9/11 and here you were bringing a message i truthfully thought you'd be talk about climbing k2 and as i think you've done over all these years you quickly changed from climbing k2 originally you felt like it was a failure and then you changed into this story of success and changing the memory of your sister. this is all about honoring your sister and the success is far greater i believe than so many k2 would have been. so the new book is out there and just keep going on and on and i'm happy to partner with you but why the new book again? is it the answers to all of your t questions you're getting out on the road? >> part of the reason i wrote another book is to expand on talk about what we've been doing more recently in afghanistan. we've now been work there for nine years. i also wrote it as a tribute to my kids. i'm gone half the year and like you being gone from your kids a lot is very difficult and i wanted them to know why their dad is gone half the year and why i've made this comm
but there are literally 1000 ngo's operating in pakistan and afghanistan. there was no road map. ronan is doing cross-hatched computerization and we are systematically reaching out. wat is toer huge issue in both countries. he will be able to tell us which ngo's in the u.s. work on water. next to him, ashley who has been with me now for a decade. . . boomer, who's been with me now for a decade. and has been in the current capacity a specializing on the all important issue of communications and counterpropaganda. this war is a war of information. and it is always been most extraordinary to me the that area is where the world's most -- the world's leading communication nation, the united states, has been at least until recently outcommunicated by mass murdered living in the most remote areas of afghanistan and pakistan. and we have to take the public information space back from the enemy in order to succeed. and ashley is pioneered such creative ideas as using cell phone technology and such obviously ideas as countering their abuse of low wattage fm station to say terrible lies. next to her, is valley
my question is regarding strategic communication in afghanistan. peter talked about afghanistan in -- afghani opinion polls, however, our popularity has decrease over the years as our words and actions have not actually mass. they would try to build schools and hospitals but completely alienate the population by flattening of village and create -- where the mujahedin had fired on them. general mcchrystal has tried to remedy this recently, but the insurgents have been good at exploiting civilian casualties and diminished expectations. i was wondering how important he thinks strategic communication is overall in afghanistan and what you think we might be able to do better. thank you. >> strategic communication is always secondary, tertiary to bullets. if you kill a family member, i do not really care how good your strategic communication is. . . . how you spin that action. and in a sense, it can't really come from us. it really has to come from local discussions by afghans about what we have done or not done. on the positive side, we have not kills as many people as soviets did by
>>> toght on "worldfocus" -- >>> talking to the taliban. as e war in afghanistan escalates, n efforts to bring the surgent group into the political mix. >>> plus the littlenown relationship beten afghanistan and irn. how million of afghans have crossed the border in iran loing for aetter life. >>> how drugs from afghanistan have forced the ianians to fightheir own drug wa >>>and a story o srength and rseverance. the boxer from rth korea now called the million-dollababy. >>> fr the different perspectes of reporters and analystsrom around the globe, this is "worldcus." major support has been proded by rosind p. walter and the peter g. peterson fountion, dedicated promoting fiscal responsibili and addressing key onomic challenges facing america's futu. and additional funng is provided bthe following suorters -- > gd evening. i'm edie magnus. daljit dhaliwal is o toght. we begin in afghanistan and wt appes to be growing momentum for bringing the taliban into that country's political process. as the united statesnd its allies fight an creasingly toh war against the taliban, there
to be adaptive. you don't rely on doctrine or series. we have seen in counterinsurgency in iraq and afghanistan, pushed to the lowest levels because of the complexity of the situation. you don't have to have a strong central government that a lot of people think we need to have in afghanistan. if you look at the success in iraq in terms of gaining the participation of local elites, the commanders often times in the central government. we say a good central government does help and central authorities select the commanders, help or hinder them. the population centric view, what you need is to create government legitimacy and you do this by social and political and economic reforms to bring an end to the population's grievances and you should minimize the use of force because force tends to alienate the population. i do agree gaining people's support is important but a different view of how you do that. security is a big part of it and good governance and virtuous governments and big social and economic programs. if you look in afghanistan, foreign governments and charities poured tons of money i
. i will see you next week. >>> this week -- afghanistan, opium and the war. are drug users around the world funding the taliban? >>> welcome to the program. i'm christiane amanpour. and today we explore the way opium fuels the insurgency in afghanistan and beyond. we'll speak to the top international drug official, and to a journalist who's seen firsthand the taliban's relationship with drug money. >>> plus, we have a searing look at the sale of daughters and wives in india. we talk to women who are struggling to end this multi-billion dollar slave trade. >>> but first, opium and heroin are fueling the war in afghanistan, and insurgencies around the world, as well as crime and addiction. just listen to these statistics. afghan opium kills more people every year than any other drug. and in nato countries every year, heroin from the afghan poppy fields kills five times more users than all the nato troops who's died fighting the afghan war over the last eight years. the u.n.'s top drug enforcement official told me that the taliban is much more involved in every aspect of the drug tra
, in london, representatives from other -- other countries met to set goals for the future of afghanistan. president karzai told a conference that his company -- country was moving slowly toward national security. of the next 45 minutes, british and afghan leaders and the un secretary general outline their goals. general mcchrystal has the international forces serving with such distinction in afghanistan and soon to be over 100,000 strong. foreign ministers, distinguished guests representing over 70 nations and international organizations, including every single member of the 43 nation strong international security assistance force. representing also afghanistan's key regional and muslim partners with whom we are pleased to work and his involvement in this worldwide coalition to support peace and stability in this crucial region are especially welcome to. this is a decisive time for the international cooperation that is helping the afghan people secure and govern their own country. for this conference marked the beginning of the transition process, of bring the necessary conditions under
and is too hard or too violent. -- afghanistan is to harder to bynum. hard or too violent. the murder rate in the united states in 1991 was -- there were 24,000 murders. the population is roughly two of its 60 million. last year in afghanistan, 2000 afghans died in the violence but the population of afghanistan was roughly 30 million. do the math. . . why did the afghans -- what is your view of the future? when americans ask this question, i am surprised only 17% said that. if u.s. afghans the same question, 40% had the view. but as a surprising answer, given that we're the most corrupt country in the world, but the reason afghans have this answer is because this looks like what we have lived through. each one of these would be devastating to a country, so even though we know all the problems, what is going on is better than the last -- then the past. almost none of the refugees have returned. refugees did not return to a place they do not think they have a future, and afghans do not think they have a future. many people, including girls, when asked if they have more freed
units and the development teams in afghanistan. in the case of afghanistan, we're trying to support a policy for afghanistan first. wherever we can purchase products from the people of afghanistan, and from the private enterprise, we will do this. we have contributed 10% of the assistance programs directly and we expect to double this in the coming year. we are trying to achieve the right balance between whatçó weo in the east and the south, with the instability is, with what is happening in the north and the west. the percentage of the total -- this will get larger for the east and the south, if you can follow this. in the field will be pushing deeper and faster, and more flexible in how we deliver these systems to the local levels. finally, the oversight monitoring. we take the responsibility of this money very seriously, even though this is in a highly- dangerous area. we have lost the lives of civilians, some were killed and others were badly injured. as we have carried out these programs, many of these are by a very courageous partners, and we could not do this job without th
afghanistan, where in a momeabout, we're going to bring you the war you do not see. america's 21st century war. but there is breaking news back home tonight, so let's go straight to new york where george stephanopoulos is standing by. >> there's been a huge earthquake, magnitude 7.0 off the coast of haiti. early reports of extensive damage are coming from the capital, port-au-prince, 700 miles from miami. dan harris has the latest. >> reporter: it is hard to imagine a country less able to cope with a devastating earthquake. the 7.0 quake hit this afternoon about ten miles west of haiti's capital city. according to a photographer on the ground, at least one hospital has collapsed and people are screaming for help. we reached 15-year-old valerie by phone. >> there's a lot of people in the street everywhere, some of wounded. badly wounded. >> reporter: haiti can barely take care of its people under normal circumstances. i was there not long ago and saw how underdeveloped it is with poorly constructed buildings that make people particularly vulnerable to a massive quake. >> i am concerned. we're l
.i.a. in afghanistan. did bin laden set that attack? if al qaeda's on the run, why do they seem on the attack? and finally, command and control. has barack obama been too much the candidate and not enough the executive? has he shown real control of the government bureaucracy? in fighting this war? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. elisabeth bumiller covers the pentagon for "the new york times." joe kleine is a time magazine columnist. andrea mitchell is chief foreign affairs correspondent at nbc news. and david ignatius is a "washington post" columnist. first up, president obama reminded the country this week that enemies of america are still very much a threat. >> we are at war. we are at war against al qaeda. a far-reaching network of violence and hatred that attacked us on 9-11, that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people, and that is plotting to strike us again. chris: today we examine that threat with these four reporters who cover national security. we'll look at how al qaeda threatens us abroad as that new year's attack on our c.i.a. headquarters in afghanistan so tragically showed
on the mess obama inherited. and his boots were on the ground long before our troops arrived in afghanistan. greg mortenson, "three cups of tea" and turning "stones into schools." stay tuned. captioning sponsored by public affairs television >> moyers: welcome to the journal. there were hands in the air in washington this week, but it wasn't a stickup. the new financial crisis inquiry commission, appointed by congress to find out how america got rolled, began hearings this week. these four are not the victims of one of the greatest bank heists in history; they're the perpetrators, bankers so sleek and crafty, they got off with the loot in broad daylight, and then sweet-talked the government into taxing us to pay it back. watching that scene on the opening day of the hearings, it was hard enough to believe that almost a year has passed since barack obama raised his hand, too, taking the oath of office to become our 44th president. even harder to remember what america looked like before obama, because we've also been robbed of memory, assaulted by what the nobel laureate czeslaw milosz descri
afghanistan, ambassador richard holbrooke will be speaking about the administration's policy. he had to afghanistan and pakistan next week. we will have live coverage of his comments in just over an hour at 2:30 p.m. eastern on c- span2. and then tom vilsack here at the state department here in washington. a set -- a special briefing about the agriculture system in afghanistan. >> american icons, three original documentaries from c- span now available on dvt. a unique journey through the iconic homes of the three branches of american government. see the exquisite detail of the supreme court. go beyond the velvet ropes of public tours of the white house, america's most famous home. and explore the history, art, and architecture of the capital. american icons, a three disk dvd set. it is $24.95 plus shipping and handling. it is available at /stohr. >> several political retirement an announcement over the last couple of days. representative chris murphy of connecticut sounds as though he may challenge senator joe lieberman in 2012. of course, senator dodd announcing his decis
and safer. broadband is working for america. >> we discuss the war in afghanistan, modernization and the future of the army. >>> good morning and welcome to this week in defense news. we are honored to have as our only guest, general george casey. he commanded u.s. and allied forces in iraq. let's take a look at the many challenges facing the army in this area of persistent conflict. at war continuously since 9-11, concerns are growing that the army is wearing out. of a force of 556,000, nearly half the army is deployed or stationed worldwide with 150,000 news in iraq and afghanistan. repeated year long combat tours strained soldiers and their families. posttraumatic stress is widespread. soldier suicide rates hit record highs. young officers are quitting leaving a shortage of field grade leaders. they are promoting noncommissioned sphergs. the army added 26,000 troops to the ranks since 2004 with plans to add 26,000 more in the next three years. a full withdrawal from iraq should allow a certainly of 26,000 troops to afghanistan. will that be enough to rest weary combat units. g
in afghanistan in london. that is next on c-span. we will also hear from secretary of state clinton at the same conference. later, a conversation on humanitarian aid for haiti. >> tomorrow, we will talk about president obama's jumps an election. after that, al qaeda is present in africa the brookings institution will discuss regional changes in poverty. "washington journal" begins each morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern. later, the british by iraq war and curry will have testimony from tony blair. we've been examining british involvement. live coverage begins at 9:00 eastern preve. >> representatives from 70 countries to set goals for the future of afghanistan. afghan president held a conference until the end of the country's improving national security. at the opening session, afghan leaders in the u.n. secretary general outline their goals for the conference. >> i like to welcome you all to london. let me welcome my fellow hosts. fro they represent over 70 nations and international organizations including every single member of the 43 nations strong international security assistance force. represen
for you? been>> and now "bbc world news." >> this is "bbc world news." a new strategy for afghanistan. president karzai calls for engagement and reconciliation with the talib. >> those who are not part of al qaeda for other terrorists >> unrepentant -- president obama delivers his first state of the union address. economy and jobs are his main focus. >> we don't quit. i don't quit. let us seize this moment to start anew, to carry the dream of forward and strengthen our union once more. >> hard to believe, 15 days after haiti's earthquake, a teenage girl is pulled alive from the rubble. a former press -- french prime minister of quitted of plotting to samir nicolas sarkozy when he was running for president. -- acquitted of plotting to samir nicolas sarkozy. it is 7:00 a.m. and washington, midday in london where world leaders are hammering out a new strategy for afghanistan. opening the conference bridge prime minister gordon brown says this was a decisive time. he said the transfer of the parties to afghans of some provinces should begin later this year. president karzai called on saud
stage of planning. our presence in afghanistan today is twofold. number one, to combat terrorism and the root causes of terrorism in to help up with the humanitarian efforts as needed. i would like to say our presence in afghanistan would be increased in the coming days. this is something that is ongoing. we are not only part of a network of countries that are trying to assist afghanistan or trying to combat terrorism. we are also there to defend jordan's national interest in to defend jordanians. i had very good discussions with the secretary with this morning i had a good discussions. we agreed on the need to be lunch serious negotiations between palestinians and iranians. there would be a clear plan with the benchmarks that lingered conflict to linger on the states. that includes east jerusalem and gaza living side by side. it is vital to achieve a comprehensive [inaudible] upon the terms of reference. we are in agreement that there are serious difficulties. we hope the 2010 will continue a much a leader -- much bigger leadership role. i would like to remind of the important i
i think we should be telling people -- the people of afghanistan to not hang around with people with guns and violence because they are in danger in themselves. also, america never targets the innocent like terrorists do. we are there to protect them from the terrace. if they do not hang around them, they are not in any kind of danger. i want to make one more statement about elections. i think a lot of times not everyone has a lot of experience. i think we vote for people who we think would make good judgment. even in america, we vote for someone, we vote for someone that we think has good judgment. . . that is what we try to do in the united states. that is what the iraqi people are trying to do. that is what the afghan people are trying to do. host: ambassador william taylor, thank you for joining us this morning. that will about do it. we're back here tomorrow morning at 7:00 eastern with more of your calls and comments. we look forward to that. hope you have a good day. >> a number of live events coming up freak you today on the c-span network. coming up in 90 minutes, a pan
associated, including somalia early in the day did -- early in the decade and finally, afghanistan. since leaving office, i have had an opportunity to reflect not only on the american experience but other u.n. operations with which the united states was not closely associated, so i would like to add a number of proposed guidelines based on that experience of the last 60 years in these kinds of fried chiles states. first, security is an -- these kinds of states. first, security is essential. in absence of security, any positive changes will be washed away, so the bad news is an international security presence is going to be required for a long time. the good news is that haiti is not a particularly difficult society to secure. contrary to popular image, the haitian government is the their heavily armed or inclined to go violence. one must also -- only observe the patients they have recognized over the past weeks to see the peaceful character. haiti is no iraq or afghanistan. american troops are unlikely to be required once the immediate emergency passes. i think the united nations should b
steroids when he sit the home run record. >>> good evening from afghanistan. we are here because history is watching as 30 thousand american men and women begin to arrive hoping to rescue the 8-year war from the spiraling violence. this is the headquarters of the american coalition headed by general stanley mcchrystal. he sent president obama the alarm that prompted the surge saying he needed new troops, new direction or america risked failure in the war. every in the morning, he heads out to the battle field. he has another way. maps that shows the dangerous turn the war has taken. 2005, the yellow shows pockets of violence. and 2007, most of the country. antwooichb, more than 2,000 afghans killed or wounded. and now the surge with the pressure on general stanley mcchrystal to turn it around immediately. have you done it? have you turned the tide? >> i believe we have done it now. we are ra changed the way we operate and we are on the way to convince the afghan people we are here to protect them. >> 942 beths in afghanistan. 1,000 injuries here. general mccalfry has said that he
and other islamic extremist organizations off-balance. he said the u.s. is working with afghanistan and pakistan to reduce civilian suffering. we will have more about u.s. policy in afghanistan, and the challenges the obama administration faces this afternoon. we will hear from richard holbrooke, u.s. special representative to afghanistan and pakistan on what future policy in the region might look like. he will speak at the brookings institution. that begins live at 2:30 p.m. here on c-span2. the house returns next week to begin the second session of the 111th congress. the senate returns eight days later on january 20. right now, democratic leaders of both chambers are negotiating a health care bill with the white house. >> the president will be speaking this afternoon. the white house has said a very comprehensive unclassified report will be released today on the christmas day attempted bombing of the detroit bound airplane. president obama, characters and advisor john brennan and homeland security secretary janet napolitano will discuss the report later today. we will bring you t
millions of doars to buy the loyalties of the taliban. plus, we will take you to one rner of afghanistan, where t locals cread their own militia and drove the taliban out. >>> our signature segmt, a remarkable woman i india, providing hope and inspiration to thosein thelowest class. >>> and what newly discover ruins in mexico may tell us about the demise of the civilization. >>> from the differentopinions of repters and analys around the world, this is "worldfocus." major support has be provided by rosalind p. walr and the peter g. peterso foundati, dedicated to proting fiscal responsibility and addressing key economic challenges fing america's future. d additional prided by the following supporte -- >>> goodevening, welcome to "worldfocus." i'm daljit dhaliwal in new yk. we srt off tonight discussing ghanistan's future. the aim is to turn over security duties to afghan forces a turn at least som of the taliban from enemies to potential alli. in their final communition,ed aders agre to start transferring secity responsibilities to afgn foes late this year, or eay next year. presidentami
, afghanistan border area, but certainly very important area. in an area where, again, it has been resurgeant. somalia another one like that at a time when al qaeda has suffered severe reverses in saudi arabia, been reduced considerably in iraq and, indeed, even in the western areas of pakistan, afghanistan. >> you talk about suffering severe losses for instance in saudi arabia, but one american official described particularly that victory there as really like being like trying to nail jelly to a wall. you squeeze al qaeda in one place and it pops up in another place. do you face a generation of migrating jihadies? >> well, this is going to be an enduring effort, without question. i have certainly never used a word like victory in this particular effort. what you have is a need to confront al qaeda to confront extremism wherever it is and to try to do it all simultaneously. even in iraq they used to say we were whacking moles and i said, you're right, we have to whack a lot of moles all simultaneously and that's what we have to do with this global movement that is al qaeda. >> tell me right n
for afghanistan is that we were there to take away an area for al qaeda to congregate and launch their attacks from. given the fact now that they seem to be everywhere, doesn't that reason for being in afghanistan sort of a evaporate? guest: no, it really doesn't. the fact is while they can exhort individuals to carry out violence everywhere, the difference between the situation, say, before the dispersal of the training camps in afghanistan and a system which and we certainly don't want to see occur again, is where they are able to sit -- set up secure bases and attract volunteers from all over the world and have their operational planners looked at the continuing flow of talent and put together a operations like 9/11, that enabled al qaeda to operate at a much higher level of sophistication than previous terrorist groups. while they are still able to exert -- exhort one of the terrorists from around the world, it is clear back while they have recruits' they have quality control problems -- exhort wannabe terrorists from around the world, they have quality-control problems. caller: good morni
with challenges. afghanistan, iraq, the economy, health care. how did he meet those challenges? we spoke back in november with an extraordinary panel of eminent historians. peggy no-- i thought it was important to bring it you, again, now as we look back at the president's first year. also on the show a battle you might never have heard of. the battle of wanat. if you care about the u.s.' involvement in afghanistan you'll want to learn all about it. many say it encapsulated many of the problems that america faces in the world at large. the best military report and military expert in the country tom ricks joins me to tell you about it. >>> while most of the focus of the nation and this show is on the hot spots around the world, what about the rest of the world? we'll talk to the famous scholar, kishore mahbubahni of singapore to get a different perspective on the world. let's get started. >>> all day long on cable, news talk shows we hear about how president obama is doing. on fox some say he's a socialist who's trying to indoctrinate our children, even as he mortgages their future. on msnbc h
the tragedy that happened to c.i.a. operatives in afghanistan. we talk with mark mazzetti of the "new york times," bob baer, former c.i.a. agent, and david ignatius of the "washington post." >> this was the in the minds of the jordanians and the c.i.a. sort of a gold-plated sort. a guy who could get them access to al qaeda in ways they've never seen since 9/11. >> it's going to cause the c.i.a. to pull back, the c.i.a. in afghanistan and iraq is going to second guess every person who knocks on the door. we call these walk ins like this dr. w.a.c. w.a.c.. our intelligence is going to get worse. >> this was a well planned and sule oration. the notion that al qaeda is so much on the run now that it can't operate, it can't hit us which you were hearing over the last year from some intelligence officials have been clearly shown to be wrong. >> rose: we conclude with jason epstein, well-known editor, well-known writer about food. we'll talk about books and food. >> i would sit on the wood box next to the stove to keep warm and watch my grandmother take pies out of the oven and stews and everythi
kills seven agents in afghanistan. the agency vows it will get its revenge. >>> president obama gets some answers. how was security so badly breached? a jetliner this close to being blown out of the sky. who dropped the ball? more importantly, could it happen again? >>> times square filling up for the big new year's eve bash. up to a million party-goers expected in the big apple. security a major concern. the annual ball drop in the big apple just a few hours away. >>> good evening and thanks so much for joining us on this new year's eve. i'm john roberts. >> i'm kyra phillips. happy new year's to all of you. complete coverage of celebrations all around the world and we count down to our special live coverage from times square as we all ring in the new year together. >>> we begin tonight, though, with serious questions about security in afghanistan. the taliban is claiming credit for a suicide bombing that killed seven cia employees, including the cia's chief of post there. the big question tonight, how did a suicide bomber get deep inside a fortified military base near the border wi
, afghanistan, iraq, the economy, health care. how did he meet those challenges? we spoke back in november with an extraordinary panel of eminent historians. peggy noonan, robert carol, nell irving painter. a terrific conversation. i thought it was important to bring it to you again now as we look back at the president's first year. also on the show, a battle you may never have heard of. you will want to learn all about it. many say it encapsulated many of the problems that america faces in the war at large. the best military report, military expert in the country, tom bricks, joins me to tell you about it. while much of the focus of the nation and the show is on the hotspots around the world, what about the rest of the world? we will talk with the famous international writer and scholar of singapore to get a very different perspective on the world. let's get started. >>> all day long on cable, news talk shows, we hear about how president obama's doing. on fox, some say he's a socialist trying tune doctrine eight our children even as he mortgages their future. on msnbc, the lonely hero fig
of electoral affairs in afghanistan and the way it reflects also the level of development of institutions in the country, i mean, it's extremely hard to organize elections when you don't know even what the population is. there hasn't been a census in a listening time. the numbers vary widely. a lot of checks and balances that could normally be put in place cannot be put in plates for the moment in afghanistan because their fundamental and quite far-reaching reforms that haven't taken place. we're still working with the legal -- a legal framework that is outdated. . the kind of attention that these elections garnered, i think, made it even more complicated. those who argue that not enough had been done, a lot of exceptional things were actually done in afghanistan, particularly the ecc is not a body they you will find in other countries, where some of the members are international. i think that in 2004, there was a sense that this body was needed. it was put in place. and they have done great work. eventually, you know, we hope the country can move towards an electoral proc
defending himself against accusations ahead of thursday's london conference on afghanistan. britain's prime minister gordon brown answered questions from afghan and british students and defended his deployment of british troops. our world affairs correspondent was there. >> president karzai arrives in london knowing that he has repair work to do on his reputation and that of his government. last year's afghan elections were widely seen as flawed by widespread corruption. at the same time, more western troops than ever were killed or injured in the war against the taliban. was it worth the price, one student asked? >>. is it shoulders have been fighting in afghanistan at nine years, -- british soldiers have been fighting in afghanistan nine years, practically have my life. will it get any better or will my children be asking me the same questions? >> i think the first thing to say it is we had to take action in 2001 after the bombing of new york, the knowledge that al qaeda was operating from afghanistan, the help that was given by the taliban government. the question is, how can we keep our
. >> ifill: then, new political turmoil in afghanistan. margaret warner talks with the afghan ambassador to the united states. >> woodruff: a jeffrey brown profile of the dancer who has been at the helm of the alvin ailey company for two decades, and is now stepping down. >> people don't remember me for how high my legs were. they remember me and any other dancer because something touched them inside. >> ifill: and the gadgets that have changed our lives, and what the next decade holds. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's "pbs newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour is provided by: >> what the world needs now is energy. the energy to get the economy humming again. the energy to tackle challenges like climate change. what if that energy came from an energy company? every day, chevron invests $62 million in people, in ideas-- seeking, teaching, building. fueling growth around the world to move us all ahead. this is the power of human energy. chevron. >> we are intel, sponsors of tomorrow. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved econo
. one of the men, howard university dental student, said they were planning to go to afghanistan to help fellow muslims, presumably by joining the fight against americans. he denied ties with al qaeda and denied plots to carry out terrorist attacks in pakistan. pakistani police say they still plan to seek life sentences for the five under the country's anti-terrorism law. >>> a federal court in richmond, virginia, denied an appeal by one of the september 11th plotters. his name is za care just moussaoui. the three-judge panel unanimously rejected his request to throw out his conviction. moussaoui said he was denied access to potentially helpful evidce ding the trial. he also claimed his right to choose an attorney was violated. moussaoui is the only person to stand trial for those attacks. he is serving a life term at a federal prison in colorado. >>> still to come tonight, the story of a local surgeon who decided that his talents could best be used on the front lines in afghanistan. >>> hustle and bustle of national airport came to a stop today. somebody filmed the wrong switch. >>> bob
from a trip to pakistan and afghanistan with senator al franken. we heard a great deal of troubling news out of afghanistan over the past few months. casualties have increased, the political situation has been unsettled. based on what we saw and heard during our trip, i am somewhat more optimistic that we will succeed in afghanistan. i'm a lot more optimistic now than i was after my last visit to afghanistan in september. now, success to me is defined as preventing the taliban from returning to power at the same time that we strengthen the afghan security forces to take responsibility for afghan security in order to ensure stability and -- in afghanistan. over the course of three days, we met with key civilian and military leaders in both pakistan and afghanistan, and, madam president, i would ask unanimous consent that the next two paragraphs of my statement listing our meetings with various leaders be inserted in the record at this time. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. levin: madam president, our men and women in uniform are performing magnificently. we visited with
it. >> let us turn our attention to afghanistan. do you have faith in president karzai that he will be able to turn sentiment around with troops on the ground there? >> i did not before. he is the president, you can argue about the election all day long. but he is the president. i want to see how the ax and reacts and works with us. getting rid of the unsavory people that have gotten into that government -- i hope he comes across -- there has been an awful lot in the way of trying to get to that country and non-haven for terrorists. it would help all of athens -- afghans. >> this spring will be the time when congress will debate afghanistan. in principle, president obama is expected to ask for as much as $33 billion more to pay for the surge in afghanistan. i was wondering whether you see it as possible for a lot of the democrats' -- potentially a supplemental, depending on what form the $33 billion would take. do you see any way that this may fail? >> i think a lot depends on how the situation is coming along in afghanistan. i think our military will do well. we have excellent
to afghanistan part of the surge. 180 die as ethnic violence erupts in western china haven't troops are sent in to restore order. western leaders accuse iran of building a second nuclear plant diss despite a u.n. ban. six years after the invasion, american troops hand over power in towns and cities. welcome to this week's news review, major stories seen on bbc during the second half of 2009. in july, six years after american-led forces invaded iraq, president obama has announced thetch withdrawn from the country's towns and cities but he warped difficult days lay ahead as iraqis celebrated. a car bomb in the northern city killed 25 people. e bbc's jim muir witnessed events in baghdad. >> despite the bombs an iraqi victory parade to celebrate the last american leaving baghdad and other cities. on the streets, jubilation. across the board, everyone is glad to see the americans go, it means iraqis are back in charge. >> today we saw great pleasure mixed with deep sorrow. the pleasure of achieving something historic and sorrow for the men, women and children who fell victim to the terrorists. >>
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